Pocket Race Guide – Coastal Races

Head to the seaside for a scenic sprint this summer


Posted: 12 May 2011

Credit: Newhaven Peacehaven & Seaford Lions Club

Seaford Half-Marathon (East Sussex, June 5)

Discover the coastline of the South Downs in this off-road adventure. Follow a circular route around Seaford taking in Cuckmere Valley, the charming village of Alfriston and views of the famous Weald. It's well worth getting in some hill training - there are some testing slopes along the way. However, as you approach the final mile, the chorus of skylarks and stunning cliff views should stop you feeling the burn. This well-organised coastal caper includes drinks, biscuits and water stations en route, with more refreshments available at the race HQ afterwards. If you prefer a more leisurely approach, you can also opt to walk this scenic route. Enter online now.

LC Swansea Bay 5K (Race 3) (West Glamorgan, July 10)

Head to Swansea's seaside promenade and soak up the carnival atmosphere of this popular evening race series. The fast, flat out-and-back route along the pretty bay promises to deliver a fair share of PBs and great deal of fun. Cheer on the fleet of young runners testing their legs on the wide range of children's races, then it's your turn to show the younger generation how it's done, whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned competitor. Mingle with fellow runners afterwards over a tasty free meal and drink. This bargain race even includes parking and supervised bag storage, so there's no excuse not to join in. Enter online now.

Harbour Wallbanger 5 (Kent, July 17)

If you enjoy racing on a variety of terrain, then this beach chase is a must-add  for your racing diary. Starting at pretty Viking Bay at Broadstairs, you'll continue to chase across the golden sands until you reach Ramsgate Pier Wall - then it's time for a U-turn and a fierce dash back to the start. Energy-sapping sand, rock pools and seaweed provide natural obstacles aplenty in this fun seaside caper.  Leave your iPod at home and allow the crashing of the waves to set your running rhythm during this wet and wild event. Enter online now.

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Cross Bay Challenge 2011 13.1 (Cumbria, July 24)

Take part in the only race in the world to cross a tidal bay. In this breathtakingly beautiful race you'll cover the quickest route between Cumbria and Lancashire at low tide. On your way you'll discover the stunning scenery of Morecambe Bay and the South Lakes.  Enjoy an equal measure of exhaustion and exhilaration as you speed along the sandy strait  - and expect a fair few splashes along the way. As you retrace this historic crossing undertaken by 13th century monks as guides to travellers, you'll also get the satisfaction of raising funds for CancerCare. Enter online now.

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Greenlight Round The Rock 48 (Jersey, August 6)

Explore Jersey's stunning coastline in the first ultra marathon to come to the Channel Islands. Discover the stunning granite cliffs of the North Coast, the golden sands of St. Ouen's Bay and haunt of smugglers past, Wolf's Caves, on this varied island circuit. The route follows trail paths along cliff paths and beaches, with only a 12-mile section on the road. Take note: to take part in the inaugural Greenlight Round the Rock you'll need to have completed a marathon and be over the age of 21. Enter online now.

Babcock Helensburgh Half-Marathon (Argyll and Bute, August 7)

Head to the west of Scotland for a fast club run with a pleasing mix of coastal and countryside views. Starting with a fun warm up at Helensburgh's pier, you'll canter along the Clyde and Gareloch peninsula on virtually traffic-free roads. With only a few undulations along the way, you can push hard for a PB as well as enjoying the views. After collecting your medal, runners can go for a splash in the nearby swimming pool to soothe tired legs. Enter online now.

Torbay Half-Marathon (South Devon, June 19)

Snap up your chance to take part in this popular seaside chase. Follow traffic-free roads along the coastline between Paignton and Torquay Harbour. En route you'll also pass some of South Devon's finest sandy beaches, sub-tropical gardens and heritage hot spot Torre Abbey. This well-organised event includes chip-timing, free sports massage, a goody bag and a technical T-shirt. There's also a very full prize pot across a wide range of age categories to add an extra incentive to get those feet flying. Enter online now.


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